tech + society research

Scholar profile

I'm interested in care and repair work in socio-technical systems.

Current Work

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Data Body (2020 - present)

Through personal practice and collaborative research, I'm studying tools and methods for constructing a data body. As part of this research, I teach practice-based, critical courses through Berlin's School of Machines, Making and Make-Believe, making the project of "self-tracking" a collective endeavor.

Radical Impefection in Time Tracking (Feb-Mar 2021) We use collection, analysis, and exploration of personal data as a site of institutional and cultural phenomena, reviewing topics in self-improvement ethos and biopower and the gendered valuation of labor. We apply each of the Data Feminism principles, and the fundamental information visualization techniques, to working with our own data about time (including, but not limited to, time spent in various creative pursuits.) Through expressive, artistic sketches of our own data, we dismantle the presumed/supposed neutrality and precision of data - especially data collected by technologies employing rhetorics of objectivity.

Radical Impefection in Self Tracking (Nov-Dec 2020) Critical perspectives on self-tracking through sensors and wearables, and collaborative exploration of ways to reconfigure technology for sustainable and transformative systematic reflection practices. We covered technologies involved in tracking of sleep, movement, and emotion/mood - all of which pose distinct challenges.

(More materials about the courses here.)

Multi/inter-disciplinary visual artist/researcher Marisa Satsia and I are exploring the re-use and repurposing of technologies (both medical and consumer) for observing the human bodily experience. We are interested especially in mobilizing visual art practices for subversive body projects.

Speculative Simulation (2018 - present)

Artist Sage Jenson and I have investigated the locus of agency in a simulated system for live performance as part of an ongoing collaboration. Our research explores ways to craft intutitive, emotionally-evocative experiences of complex systems that model natural phenomena:

"The goal of our generative art is to render observable the inner space of complex biological systems that are pervasive in the world, vital to understand, and difficult to grasp."
(our 2020 JSTA article)

Code Work (2014 - present)

How does change happen in technical teams? and when/why doesn't it? After writing my PhD dissertation on code work practices among oceanographers, I have continued to think about it from the perspective of a coder. As originally intended, the ethnographic study I finished in 2016 will be revisited ~10-15 years later (so, 2026-31), at which point I plan to update and refine some of those theoretical ideas based on new theory in the field; personal reflections; and new empirical data.

You can watch the last academic talk I gave on the topic here; the audience was mostly software architecture/engineering researchers and practitioners and it followed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Software Architecture group at Hasso Plattner Institute. It was on Usability, Use and Reuse of Software Services, and I presented the case for a taking human-centered approach to understanding resistance to new tools/skills (even when everyone agrees the new things are a good idea).

HPI 12th Symposium on the Future of Service-Oriented Computing. 2017.

Publications

2020

Theory Art+Science Jenson, Sage, & Kuksenok, Kit (2020). How to Observe the Inner Space of a Complex Biological System through Speculative Simulation. Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts, 12(3), 9-24. 10.34632/jsta.2020.9489.

Art+Science Sage Jenson, Kit Kuksenok. Exploratory Modelling with Speculative Complex Biological Systems. xCoAx 2020.

2019

NLP Kuksenok, K., & Martyniv, A. Evaluation and Improvement of Chatbot Text Classification Data Quality Using Plausible Negative Examples. arXiv preprint arXiv:1906.01910. Prepared for ACL 2019 workshop on Conversational AI.

NLPKuksenok, K., & PraƟ, N. Transparency in Maintenance of Recruitment Chatbots. arXiv preprint arXiv:1905.03640. Prepared for Bridging the Gap Between AI and HCI Workshop at CHI 2019, Saturday 4 May 2019

2018

Theory Kit Kuksenok, Stefania Santagati. Readable as Intimate: towards a conceptual framework for empirical interrogation of software implementations of intimacy. AI Love You - Developments on Human-Robot Intimate Relationships. Edited by Yuefang Zhou, Martin H. Fischer. In Print (2018)

2017

Theory CSCW code work K Kuksenok, Cecilia Aragon, James Fogarty, Charlotte P. Lee, Gina Neff. Deliberate Individual Change Framework for Understanding Programming Practices in four Oceanography Groups. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (2017). doi:10.1007/s10606-017-9285-x.

code work Allen A, et al. Engineering Academic Software (Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop 16252). Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik. Dagstuhl, Germany. 2017.

2016

NLP Bangalore S, and Kuksenok K. "System and method for collaborative language translation." U.S. Patent No. 9,323,746. 26 Apr. 2016.

code work Kuksenok, K. "Influence apart from adoption: How interaction between programming and scientific practices shapes modes of inquiry in four oceanography teams." PhD diss., 2016.

2015

CSCW Kuksenok K. "Multilingualism on Social Media in the Maidan Movement." Digital Eastern Europe. Edited by Schreiber and Kosienkowski. 2015.

2014

NLP Chen C, White L, Kowalewski T, Aggarwal R, Lintott C, Comstock B, Kuksenok K, Aragon C, Holst D, Lendvay T. Crowd-Sourced Assessment of Technical Skills: a novel method to evaluate surgical performance. J Surgical Res. 2014; 187(1): 65-71.

CSCW Role of social media in 2014 Ukraine Maidan events (Central European University, Phil Howard)

2013

NLP CSCW Brooks M, Kuksenok K, et al. Statistical Affect Detection in Collaborative Chat. In Proceedings of the 2013 conference on Computer supported cooperative work. ACM, 2013.

Theory CSCW Kuksenok K, Brooks M, Wang Q, Lee C P. Challenges and Opportunities for Technology in Foreign Language Classrooms. CHI 2013, premier publishing venue in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) community. Best Paper Honorable Mention (top 5%)

CSCW Kuksenok K, Mankoff J, Brooks M. Accessible Online Content Creation by End Users. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2013.

2012

CSCW Scott T J, Kuksenok K, Brooks M, Aragon C. Adapting Grounded Theory to Construct A Taxonomy of Affect in Collaborative Online Chat. Proceedings of the 30th ACM international conference on Design of communication. ACM, 2012

2011

CSCW Mankoff J, Kuksenok K, Kiesler S, Rode J, Waldman K. Competing Online Viewpoints and Models of Chronic Illness. Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2011.



daybird (2021) is a p5.js sketch used as an example of an abstract, expressive rendering of my own time-on-task data over 11 weekends (left is the acculumation of Saturdays, and right - Sundays). The bright neon yellow segments draw attention to times of day that are frequently not tracked; and randomness (in position within the days, but also in the width of the brush-strokes) visually confronts assumption of data neutrality. See the interactive sketch on openprocessing.org.



Figure from "How to Observe the Inner Space of a Complex Biological System through Speculative Simulation", a co-authored article in the Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts (2020).



Workshop paper and open-source code presented at ConvAI @ ACL 2019 in Florence